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12 Must Bookmark Sites for Teachers Always Prepped Blog The amount of online tools available can seem overwhelming Below are 8 must bookmark sites for teachers (we did the research, so you can spend more time teaching!): Common Core Help: CommonCore Website - Look up all of the standards, as well as, look at various resources.P21 Toolkit - Comprehensive Toolkit to Implement The Standards Lesson Planning: ReadWriteThink - Great resources for lesson plans. Personal Learning Network/Professional Development: Twitter (only if you participate in the various Education hashtags)Claco – The Premier PD website for TeachersEdmodo – There are some great communities on Edmodo to connect with other educators Websites/Blogs: EffectiveTeachingPD – Julie Adams writes some great content about teaching/PD. Looking for some tech tools? What are your thoughts? Beautiful classroom reports, designed to save teachers time.

Online Ad Spending to Surpass Print for First Time in 2012 [STUDY] For the first time in U.S. history, marketers are projected to spend more on online advertising than on advertising in print magazines and newspapers. According to a study released Thursday by eMarketer, online advertising is expected to generate $39.5 billion in sales this year — a 23.3% increase from 2011 — compared to a sum of $33.8 billion on print. That's impressive growth, especially since 2011 also witnessed a 23% jump in online ad spending, according to eMarketer's calculations. Online ad revenues should continue to grow over the next half-decade, albeit at a more modest rate, as shown in the chart below. Total online ad investment is projected to hit $62 billion by that time. The forecast for print is foreboding. Spending on TV promises to be largely unaffected by growing online ad budgets, although the gap between the two is set to narrow significantly. Image courtesy of iStockphoto, alikemalkarasu

Inquiry Teapots.. Indo Style | The Learning Journey So earlier this year @dwyerteacher from Japan asked me if I’d like to receive an Inquiry Teapot. I knew a bit about this Inquiry Teapot initiative from @Namastececi and Craig’s blogpost on Inquiry Teapots . Before opening it, even before unwrapping the DHL packing we examined it. We left the box for a day. So what did we do with this teapot? made some tea (Writing to Instruct)weighed the teapot, lid and box and found out the differences between each ( numeracy)used the concept ‘Connection’ to inquire into how tea might be cultural, how it is connected to other things in life? We also worked together communicated, shared and used our creativity, all as a result of this one teapot. So we sent off the same teapot to Dubai to @nairahamdy and the last we heard it might go to Switzerland then New Zealand. We wonder what these classes will do with the Inquiry Teapot. Like this: Like Loading...

4 Tips to Keep Your Website Ahead of the Curve This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. Sure, having a website for your business serves a practical need: to draw net-surfing users to your product or service. However, it's also much more than slapping on a run of the mill two-column template and calling it a day. Nothing kills an online buzz like a poorly designed or drastically outdated website. Dry and boring default templates, broken assets, confusing pages and invasive widgets do nothing but harm a page's style, which in turn reflects poorly on the company. 2012 is heralding a new wave of innovative web technologies and design, and a page that stays in step with these trends is bound to pique interest and lower your bounce rate. 1. Mail Chimp. A bold design can be obtained with very little money, especially for those who aren't necessarily experienced in coding. 2. 3. 4.

A List of Great Checklists Every Teacher should Have Checklists are tools that we the teachers and educators use probably on everyday basis.Obviously, they have several advantages as shown below and I personally love them. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been publishing some great checklists over the last couple of years. We have decided to go through all of them and come up with the list below. Some of the checklists are new and have been included here for the first time. Some advantages of Checklists ? As we said before, checklists have several pluses and here are some of them : Checklists provide you with a roadmap of the trajectory your work, plans..etc will takeThey organize what should be accomplished so that nothing is left behindThey give a sense of priority to the things that need to be done firstThey also help you attain your objectives and plan for next ones Here are some important checklists you need to have . 1- Teaching with Technology A Basic Checklist Download it HERE

40 Epic Marketing Insights From Google [Data] Ever needed a compelling, reliable stat to help make a point, round out a blog post, or make your ebook even more data-driven? Think Insights with Google, Google's new information and resource hub for marketers, has got you covered! Officially out of beta today, Google's new resource offers helpful tools, studies, trends, stats, and videos to give marketers the data they need when they need it. Use the Real-Time Insights Finder to gather information about your business' target audiences, or simply browse through the site's Facts & Stats. Pretty handy, huh? That's not all, so give the site a breeze-through, and start incorporating some valuable insights and data into your marketing efforts. We've found some pretty awesome marketing stats you can use, for starters. Internet Usage 1) In the last 4 years, the web has gone from 100 million websites to 250 million. 2) 75.5% of the US population uses the internet. 6) Nearly 50% of US internet users will redeem an online coupon this year. Search

Part 1… Creativity In The Digital Classroom… Over 40 Resources… Are They in Your School? I hope you enjoyed the past post and welcome you to a series of posts dedicated to Creativity in digital classroom. I have some reflections, ideas, and some amazing resources to share. Please enjoy and share this post via email or a retweet. While you are at it, I would appreciate that you take a moment to subscribe to this Blog by RSS or email and follow me at (mjgormans). Also, feel free to contact me about any conference, in-service plans, or PD you might wish to include me in. (mjgormans@gmail.com). I believe that creativity is necessary in today’s classroom. Free software that is stored locally on your classroom computers or network - Current PostWeb 2.0 applications accessible using the internet… with just about any device - be sure to subscribe! 15 Free Software Programs Stored on a Classroom Device to Promote Creativity… Are They In Your Classroom? Free software includes those programs or Apps that are downloaded to the local computer or device. Like this: Like Loading...

5 Best Practices for Digital Marketers in 2012 Jonathan Gardner is director of communications at ad company Vibrant Media. He has spent nearly two decades as an innovator at the nexus of media and technology, having worked in communications leadership roles and as a journalist around the world. The egg nog’s been drunk, the bells are done jingling, and the mistletoe has been taken down. It’s time to ring in the new year with resolutions that’ll make 2012 one to remember — online and off. Plus, eMarketer projects a 14.4% increase in U.S. online ad spending, and Google says that video ads improve offline campaign results. Even so, let’s resolve to keep our heads on straight and stick close to the best practices that have been winners in the past – they’ll be the ones to see us through a stellar 2012. 1. These days, we’re talking “word ownership” for online branding. But you’d better get there first — key terms such as “football” and “Valentine’s Day” are sure to be hot tickets in the weeks to come. 2. Relevance reigns in 2012. 3. 4.

What Students And Parents Think About Mobile Technology Look around at any restaurant or mall and it’s easy to see: adults are always connected to their mobile devices. But as this technology becomes even more ingrained in our lives, what can we expect for our children? Studies show that – used wisely – technology can be an important part of their everyday lives as well. Check out the infographic below to see how mobile technology is integrated into the lives of even the youngest kids. Over 1/2 of children under 12 who use iPads use them for educational purposes. 10% of children under 1 use mobile technology, 39% of kids age 2-4, and by age 5-8, 54% of kids are using mobile technology. Track Website Traffic: 40+ Great Tools The following tools will help you to better understand your website traffic, analyze and monitor all the visitors to your website. You will get access to vital information about your site’s audience. These tool will give you a clear picture of who is visiting your site or blog, how they found you, where they came from, what interests them and much more. Web Traffic Visualization ClickTracks offers intuitive, insightful analysis of your web site. Crazy Egg is a tool to supplement your analytics with stunning visuals and actionable data. Indextools provides e-business leaders accurate, insightful and timely intelligence about the effectiveness of their Web efforts, thereby helping them to increase sales, reduce marketing costs and provide a higher level of service to their customers and partners. Intellitracker is the smart way to drive your business. VisitorVille applies video game principles to help you easily visualize and better understand your web site traffic statistics.

35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy Integrating technology in the classroom and engaging students in higher order thinking creates the ultimate learning experience for students. Bloom’s Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments. The following is a list of digital tools as it relates to Bloom’s Taxonomy. 1. For a sample lesson using digital tools with the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy visit my post at: .

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